Solar electricity News for October 2009

Solar electricity News Archive

Suntech introduces utility solar platform

Suntech Power Holdings has introduced Reliathon, an integrated solar platform combining product and business-term innovations to lower costs and accelerate the path to grid parity with the development of utility-scale solar plants.

Solar electric industry poised for strong growth in USA, suggests poll

Professionals within the US solar electric industry value chain predict strong growth for their businesses over the next two years, and say more favourable legislation and heightened marketing will be key to their expansion.

SPI2009: SEIA and SEPA to form events company

The US Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have formed a new jointly-owned legal entity, Solar Energy Trade Shows LLC.

SPI2009: Solar industry needs to come together and fight, urges SEIA president

Rhone Resch, president and ceo of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), has called on the solar industry to "enlist" in the fight to secure a policy environment that allows solar to compete with other forms of energy.

Phoenix to develop 20 MWp solar park in Bulgaria

The solar photovoltaic (PV) system integrator Phoenix Solar AG has signed a project development contract with a Bulgarian subsidiary of the Krass Capital Group AG for the development of a 20 MWp solar park in Bulgaria.

Suntech and AEDB deliver solar power to Pakistan

Crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar module manufacturer Suntech Power Holdings Co and Pakistan's Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) have entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work towards the widespread use of solar energy technologies to meet the energy shortage in Pakistan.

Renewable energy can reduce 20% of world goal for GHG emissions

Renewable energy could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2741 Mt by 2030 under accelerated environmental policies, according to the International Energy Agency.

Province dedicates Canada's largest solar PV project

A 23.4 MW solar (photovoltaic) PV facility near the capital of Canada has been dedicated by the provincial minister of energy in Ontario.

Geothermal subsidiary signs joint venture to install 36 MW of solar electric in Israel

Two Israeli companies will develop, construct and operate 36 MW of solar electric systems in Israel.

3TIER launches next generation of solar assessment products

3TIER has unveiled a suite of solar assessment products that give utility-scale developers a higher degree of certainty in the availability of solar resources, and a more complete picture of the production potential of their projects.

Canada's largest solar farm opens in Ontario Canada's largest solar farm opens in Ontario

Canada's largest solar farm is now producing power in the township of Stone Mills, near Napanee.

ISES calls for feed-in tariffs worldwide

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) has called for the use of feed-in tariffs worldwide at its solar world congress (SWC) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

German university wins solar competition

A student team from Darmstadt, Germany, has designed, built and operated the most attractive and efficient solar powered home in an international solar competition.

Korea solar PV market could reach 200 MW by 2012

Displaybank, which provides market research and consulting for the solar and display industries, says Korea solar photovoltaic (PV) installments could reach 200 MW by 2012.

Siemens buys solar thermal power company Solel Solar Systems Ltd for US$418m Siemens buys solar thermal power company Solel Solar Systems Ltd for US$418m

Siemens AG is acquiring the solar thermal power company Solel Solar Systems Ltd for around US$418 million from Ecofin Ltd, a London based investment firm which specialises in the global utilities, energy and environmental sectors.

Ontario in top 10 for solar PV in North America

Ontario has rocketed to a place among the top 10 solar jurisdictions in North America following the activation earlier this month of a 9.1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in eastern Ontario, Canada.

DoE: US$87m for solar energy in the USA

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced up to US$87 million to support the development of new solar energy technologies and the rapid deployment of available solar energy systems in the USA.

China's first 10 MW ground mount solar system connected to the grid

Crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings Co., has completed and grid connected what it says is the first 10 MW utility-scale solar PV power project in China.

Huawei to deploy Bangladesh's first solar-powered base transceiver station (BTS)

Huawei, a provider of next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, says it has been selected by Grameenphone (GP), a subsidiary of Telenor, to deploy Bangladesh's first solar-powered base transceiver stations.

Brunei to construct solar PV power plant

Brunei, one of the world's top oil and gas producers, is venturing into alternative energy with the construction of Southeast Asia's largest solar power plant.

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approves BrightSource Energy contracts with PG&E California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approves BrightSource Energy contracts with PG&E

Following the approval of the companies’ first two contracts with PG&E in August, the CPUC has now approved all 1,310 MW of contracts between BrightSource and PG&E.

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Enbridge to acquire Ontario solar project from First Solar

Enbridge Inc. is to acquire a 20 MW solar PV project that First Solar has developed and is constructing near Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

DuPont and Applied Materials collaborate to boost PV cell efficiency

DuPont and Applied Materials, Inc. are to collaborate to advance multiple printing technology for crystalline silicon (c-Si) photovoltaic (PV) solar cells.

India to adopt feed-in tariffs

India is one of the latest countries to make the strategic move to a comprehensive system of feed-in tariffs to develop its renewable energy potential.

EUPVSEC: Danfoss unveils system to integrate functions in solar inverters EUPVSEC: Danfoss unveils system to integrate functions in solar inverters

The new TripleLynx Pro system for solar inverters provides a package for integrating communication and data logging functions in the inverter and has an Integrated Web Server, Master Inverter and Ethernet functionality.

Hawaii feed-in tariff decision to open clean energy market

A decision issued recently by the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission could generate new clean energy investment statewide.

Solarig and HSBC Environmental Infrastructure Fund (HEIF) sign agreement for mediterranean PV projects

The two organisations have sealed a deal for the joint development and construction of more than 50 MW of photovoltaic projects in Spain and Italy. A total investment of more than € 200 million is expected.

Ausra provides solar steam boiler for 100 MW CSP in Jordan

Ausra will provide the solar steam boiler supplier for the proposed 100 MW JOAN1 concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) project currently under development in Ma’an, Jordan.